First, let me apologize for using statistics in my last post (The Cancer Words) that, although I got them from what many of us consider a reputable source, turned out to be questionable to one reader who took exception to them and the source from which they came. One of her grievances was that bloggers need to be more careful about the statistical information we post. I agree it’s wrong to perpetuate inaccurate information, but there is a wide variation in this particular statistic, and not only on the many breast cancer blogs. The commenter is a physician with a recent history of breast cancer (although she did not indicate the stage of her initial diagnosis.) She did write that none of her physicians agreed with the statistic in question.
The last thing I want to do with my blog is to share information that is or even may be incorrect, nor do I want my readers to feel the need to quote scientific journals in an effort to prove me wrong. My blog is intended to be personal observations of my journey with metastatic breast cancer and reflections I’ve made during that journey. I am not a clinician or scientist, never presented myself as either and will, in future blogs, refrain from using statistics.
For me, once I was diagnosed at stage IV, the statistic concerning how many people diagnosed with breast cancer who will be later restaged to stage IV stopped mattering. I am a lifer and simply want to share my thoughts with those who choose to read my blog. I do welcome your comments and will always approve every one (except for obvious spam) and make every effort to reply. Should you want to read the comments I’ve referenced in this post and my responses to them, please check out the comments section and the end of The Cancer Words. Thank you to all my followers!
Don’t Stop Believing!
May you realize that even in your darkest moments, something wonderful and amazing can happen that will change your life and remind you to never stop living for those rays of light that will take away the dark.